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The 9 Types Of Power Problems

Did you know that power issues come in separate flavors, and that you need different kinds of UPS systems to deal with different kinds of power problems?

Did you know that power issues come in separate flavors, and that you need different kinds of UPS systems to deal with different kinds of power problems?Well, I recently had a chance to chat with power expert Fred Miller over at Eaton, and he opened my eyes to all the various ways your power can fail. And bMighty has pulled all 9 into a unique slideshow that lays out each problem and the proper type of protection: "9 Power Problems That Can Unplug Your Business."

We count down everything from "Total Loss Of Utility Power" (get yourself a UPS, duh) to "Harmonic Distortion" (this distortion of the normal waveform generally transmitted by nonlinear loads is no longer as much of a problem as it used to be because of better power supplies in the motors of household and industrial equipment. (But if this is a problem for your organization, you need an online UPS to filter it out.)

There are seven other problems to watch out for, though -- I bet you never even thought about the issue of frequency variation in your power supply, did you? -- and you need to protect your company against all of them.

So, check out the slide show and learn them all. There'll be a pop quiz tomorrow.

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